R. Brian Siebeking, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Dr. R. Brian Siebeking specializes in Islamic history and thought with a focus on the classical and medieval period. His research attends to the formative role of stories and storytelling in Muslim tradition. Dr. Siebeking’s dissertation explores...

Dr. R. Brian Siebeking

Contact Information

  • Humanities Building, Room 334
  • Fall 2018
    Monday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Wednesday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Friday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • 509-313-6789

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Virginia

M.A., Religious Studies, University of Virginia

M.A., Arab Studies, Georgetown University

B.A., Politics, Messiah College

Courses Taught

Islamic Civilization

Sufism: Islamic Mysticism

Christian-Muslim Relations


Dr. R. Brian Siebeking specializes in Islamic history and thought with a focus on the classical and medieval period. His research attends to the formative role of stories and storytelling in Muslim tradition. Dr. Siebeking’s dissertation explores the relationship between literary form and didactic function in the Islamic tales of the prophets, and he is preparing a manuscript on the Muslim accounts of the legend of St. George. His other research and teaching interests include the Quran, Sufism, Islam and politics, Christian-Muslim relations, and minority religions in the Middle East. Dr. Siebeking has been invited to give talks on Islam in several academic and ecclesiastical forums. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Middle East Medievalists (MEM), and the Hagiography Society. He joined the faculty in 2016.